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  1. Home HIV Testing Feasible

    Nov. 2, 2009 (Philadelphia) -- Self-testing for HIV is easy, accurate, and acceptable to many people, researchers report. In a new study, more than 99% of HIV results that people obtained via self-testing matched those obtained by hospital workers. Participants had no trouble distinguishing between

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  2. AIDS Vaccine Success Is 'Modest'

    Sept. 24, 2009 - "Modest" success in an HIV vaccine trial shows for the first time that vaccination can protect people against infection with the AIDS virus. It's a small but significant step forward. Few, if any, think this vaccine is effective enough to deploy in the worldwide fight against AIDS.

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  3. Circumcising Men With HIV Won't Protect Women

    July 16, 2009 -- Circumcision doesn't keep men with HIV from infecting their female sex partners with the AIDS virus, researchers report from Uganda. Definitive clinical trials in Uganda, South Africa, and Kenya show that men cut their HIV risk by 50% if they undergo circumcision. That can reduce a

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  4. Young, HIV-Positive, and Unaware

    June 26, 2009 -- About 50,000 adolescents and young adults aged 13 to 24 were living with the virus that causes AIDS in 2006, but nearly half of them didn't know they were HIV infected, according to the CDC. The CDC says in its June 26 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that young adults represen

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  5. Green Tea Ingredient Blocks HIV Infection

    May 18, 2009 -- Green tea may be the key to effective anti-HIV vaginal gels, new studies suggest. Triggering the new studies was the recent finding that semen contains a factor -- dubbed semen-derived enhancer of virus infection (SEVI) -- that escorts HIV to the front door of the cells it likes to i

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  6. New Research Backs Early HIV Therapy

    April 29, 2009 -- Starting HIV treatment earlier greatly improves survival, researchers report in this week's New England Journal of Medicine. The finding is likely to spark a new debate over the benefits and drawbacks of early HIV therapy vs. deferred treatment. Since the introduction of the first

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  7. Feds Try to Break Through HIV Complacency

    April 7, 2009 - Federal health officials are trying to reignite flagging national awareness of HIV infection with a media effort targeted at high-risk groups. New infections with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, were estimated by the CDC at 56,000 in 2006 in the U.S. The number has remained essentia

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  8. New Vaginal Gel Stops AIDS Virus

    March 4, 2009 -- A new kind of vaginal gel prevents sexual transmission of the AIDS virus in monkey studies. The anti-HIV ingredient in the gel is glycerol monolaurate or GML. It's already FDA approved as an ingredient in cosmetics and medicines. "The results are very encouraging. They point to a no

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  9. 1 Million U.S. AIDS Cases

    Feb. 19, 2009 -- AIDS has now struck more than 1 million Americans, the CDC's latest HIV/AIDS numbers show. As of 2007, there were 455,636 Americans living with AIDS. In the 34 states that report HIV infections, there were 571,378 Americans living with HIV or AIDS at the end of 2007. In 2007 -- for

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  10. 'Major Advance' in HIV Gene Therapy

    Feb. 16, 2009 -- A one-time gene therapy that puts an anti-HIV RNA weapon into blood cells is safe and, in higher doses and stronger form, could make the body resist the AIDS virus, a clinical trial suggests. This "major advance in the field" is the largest clinical trial ever to test genetically al

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